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Experimental Actions

Archaeological remains and objects are tangible remains of past civilizations. They need to be interpreted to give meaning today, and interpretation is dependent on experiments. Experiments are needed to understand how objects were made, how constructions can have looked like and not the least, how people in the past behaved and acted. In OpenArch, experimental actions will be limited to those that have an immediate result on the visitor experience, or that can be used as visitor attractions by themselves.

Maintenance on site: excavating an Iron Age roundhouse

After over twenty years, our old Celtic Village finally closed to the public in February 2013. This was partly due to the natural effects of time, wind and rain which had badly damaged the largest of our three roundhouses; and partly because of the decision to redevelop our site, with plans to build a new village in 2014.

Creativity: An Exploration through the Bronze Age and contemporary responses to the Bronze Age

Linda Hurcombe attended the ‘Creativity: An Exploration through the Bronze Age and contemporary responses to the Bronze Age' at Magdalene College, Cambridge’

Cordage: Testing the use of yew withies on a Bronze Age sewn plank boat.

As part of the ongoing research theme of cordage, Tom Monrad Hansen explored the use and strength (with the engineering department at the University of Exeter) of withies made from Yew.

Experiments In Viminacium 2013

In the week between the 18th and the 22nd of March, two experiments shall be conducted at Viminacium. The first one includes planting (ungrafted) grapevine according to Roman customs. The second one includes a Roman cremation of the Mala Kopašnica...

Prehistoric Fish Trap Reconstruction

In Archeon, Alphen aan den Rijn a base settlement has been reconstructed, from the Mesolithic period of the hunter/fishermen and gatherers.

Reconstruction of medieval orthopaedic and dental treatment

In Archeon, one of the reconstructed houses is inhabited by the Medieval barber-churgeon. He is tasked with caring for the well-being of the inhabitants of Gravendam, who come to him for all sorts of care.

October 2012: 1st Exeter Dialogue with Science Workshop

The first Exeter dialogue with science workshop was very successful. Participants from Finland, Holland, Italy and Wales joined Exeter postgraduate students and staff for exchange of information, practice, and the pedagogies of experimental archaeology.

5 swords for 5 warriors: an open dialogue between public and skills

The team of experts working on the project “Smiths in Bronze Age Europe”, promoted by the Modena Archaeological Museum in collaboration with AÖZA Museum in the frame of OpenArch 4th work package “Dialogue with skills”, developed further on their research focusing on moulds for bronze production.

Transferring Science from University to Museum

During the summer 2012 27 students from the University Hamburg, Archaeological Studies, participated in a practical week at the Steinzeitdorf Albersdorf from the 18th-25th July 2012.

Production of Iberian ceramics (Protohistory)

Ibercalafell, one of our associated partners in OpenArch, have been carrying out an experiment related to Iberian ceramics production in Verdú, Catalonia, a town located in the province of Lleida in cooperation with the University of Lleida (through Recercaixa), the Centre d’Estudis Lacetans and La Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell.